Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said contrary to the claims of the immediate past administration that it left N7bn in the state accounts, he met an empty treasury. Wike disclosed this on Thursday at the Government House in Port Harcourt during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the state government and officials of Julius Berger and a Chinese Construction firm, CCECC, for the rehabilitation of 33 kilometres of township roads in the state capital.
According to the governor, the treasury where the monthly federal allocation accruing to the state was always kept had remained in debit as of May 29 when he took over the reins of governance in the state. Wike said, “I want to say in good authority that we did not meet any N7 bn as being speculated. The state’s FAAC account as of May 29, 2015 was in debit.
That was the briefing I received from the Accountant-General.” In their remarks, the representative of Julius Berger Plc, Mr. Marco Braun, assured the Rivers State Government that the project would be completed as scheduled. Also, the representative of CCECC, Mr Lee Kin Yong, expressed happiness that the Chinese company would be involved in the revival of infrastructure in the state. The signing of the memorandum of understanding was supervised by the Rivers State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Chinwe Aguma.
Source: Today News